Multiple United Nations agencies on Tuesday expressed concerned over the U.S. deportation of illegal Haitian migrants and asylum seekers.
Marta Hurtado, a spokesperson from the U.N. Human Right office states “We are disturbed by the images that we have seen and by the fact that we have seen all these migrants and refugees and asylum seekers in transport to Port-au-Prince.” This comes after the U.S. began deporting thousands of illegal Haitian migrants this week to Port-au-Prince.
The Biden administration has been prioritizing single adults and families who were not seeking asylum for deportation. However, unaccompanied minors and a few families will be permitted to stay in the U.S. and have been given asylum hearing dates. A spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency wants the U.S. to consider all claims of asylum.
The US has been expelling migrants under an order issued last March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to limit the spread of COVID-19. More than 6,000 Haitians as well as other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas town on the border.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says asylum seekers’ have expressed concern and fear of persecution in their homeland needs to be assessed before mass deportations.
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